Highly prized for it’s color and rarity it is also a pricey stone. For good color material and very clear stones, it will cost you about $800+ per carat.
It is also rich in history and lore – for example, did you know that Rubies are mentioned 4 times in the bible?
Here are additional articles to learn more. It’s really fascinating.
The wearing of Ruby can also be beneficial energetically. I use it as an empowering stone, representing passion and grace. It’s a “power” stone.
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As many of you know I am a big fan of lab created Ruby. I really appreciate the price break.
Ruby can also be fired in place, in metal clay.
Peridot is the birthstone for August. What a rich color of Olivine it is. It was for centuries confused with Emerald – people believed the 200-ct. gems at the shrine of the Three Holy Kings were emeralds – when in fact they are Peridot.
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It is about a 7 on the hardness scale and a bit more durable than quartz – less abrasion over time.
There is no lab created version of Peridot. There are plenty of simulants like CZ colors that look similar to Peridot. It can be fired n place in metal clay – at lower temperatures.
Considered by early Christians to be a sacred stone, Peridot is a “spiritual” stone known to bring a sense of lightness and centering. You can learn more here:
If you saunter over to my Etsy site, (box to the right) – I have several pieces of both lab created Ruby and natural Peridot available for sale. If you have any questions about these stones . . .comment below or send me an email.
I’ll be doing another post next week on Sapphire. It is my favorite stone on the planet and a primary reason why I am in the business of gems and jewelry. I love to talk about it!
Be well . . . make something everyday, even if it’s trouble . . . and DON’T forget to check out my Calendar page or the Magyk Metal Clay OnLine class page. That class starts on the 22nd!
Much love and light,